Kitchen Chalkboard Project

To be a plate rack or not to be … 

Yet another project from start to finish that took should have taken well less than an hour of active participation. This void used to be a plate rack that rarely was dusted which meant the plates never were used since it would have required washing them before AND after eating off of them. Uhh … double the work or use different plates … bingo, the second choice 🙂
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I had a quart of chalkboard paint leftover from another project and thought it would be fun to have place to use all those cute chalkboard ideas off of pinterest. I love the the idea of chalkboard decor and being able to change it with the seasons or holidays … although I know this will never happen as often as I intend it to. 🙂  Jess at ‘Mom 4 Real’ shares a simple way to make chalkboard paint in any color, can’t wait to find an excuse to try this!

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wet paint … do not touch

Since the space was small, the painting itself didn’t take long, but with three coats needed and the dry time in between, the start to finish time was a couple hours.

The chalkboard paint needed 2 to 3 days to cure before drawing on it, so it needed a few days before the finishing touch … which actually turned into at least a month for me… oh life, why must I let you distract me from these fun projects.

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the finished project

I’m loving the cute little nook for my cookbook stand, our ‘garage-sale-find’ change jar, and the much needed napkin holder for our family of six. However, the picture above is very deceiving since I so conveniently cropped out the extremely messy counter. This, my friends, is real life around here more often than I would like to think … the mess I had to push through (mentally and physically) to get my kitchen chalkboard project completed!

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 I would prefer to work in a clean and organized environment which when you have kids usually means – clean first … then create … then clean again, ugh! Through a life with kids I have come to realize life will always bring with it distractions, sometimes those distractions need our attention and we need to be interruptible … other times we need to put on the binders and keep pushing through. 

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